Management

Your supervisor’s personality impacts you forever

From experience, you know that some supervisors will motivate you to do a good job while others can have a negative impact on your performance; some supervisors are supportive while others are more critical. These differences across supervisors extend to how generous supervisors are when rating the performance of subordinates during annual performance reviews. They are not innocuous as […]

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    Why male executives should not be praised for taking paternity leave

Why male executives should not be praised for taking paternity leave

Recently, I announced that my wife and I are expecting, and that I’ll be taking the full 12 weeks of paternity leave offered by my company, G2.com. I wasn’t prepared for the kinds of responses that would come rushing in. Through social media, emails, texts, and phone calls, I’ve been getting much more than congratulations. I’ve been praised, and […]

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    Freelancing platforms want to become agile channels to attract large corporations

Freelancing platforms want to become agile channels to attract large corporations

Over the last decade we have seen the birth of an entirely new industry of freelancing platforms – such as Upwork, Freelancer or Gigster — that match the talent available in both domestic and global markets with the pressing demand for digital skills. Compared to traditional hiring channels, freelancing platforms dramatically improve a company’s agility in matching its needs […]

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    Board gender quotas bring women to the board but not to senior management

Board gender quotas bring women to the board but not to senior management

Gender-specific board quotas have become an end in itself. Previous research evidence from Norway and Italy shows that even though board quotas increase the share of women in the boardroom, they do not advance the prospects for women further down the career ladder. Unlike European countries, South Africa did not only introduce targets for company boards but most importantly […]

Can technology stress at work impair partnerships at home?

Imagine Hannah sitting in her office and waiting for an email from a colleague with crucial information for an upcoming meeting with her boss. Unfortunately, her email program erroneously filters the email as spam, producing severe time delays, and messing up Hannah’s meeting. Over the course of the day, Hannah cannot let go of the stress and the negative […]

September 23rd, 2020|Managing People|0 Comments|
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    To create value in the COVID-19 era, set aside standard risk management

To create value in the COVID-19 era, set aside standard risk management

It’s often been said that nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes. Now the COVID-19 crisis has brought uncertainty to dizzying new levels. For the past few months, the world has been grappling with unanswerable questions – from pangolins and masks at the height of the crisis, to economic damage and a possible new normal in […]

September 21st, 2020|Management|0 Comments|
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    Hospital network management amidst COVID-19: lessons from the Italian regions

Hospital network management amidst COVID-19: lessons from the Italian regions

It has become increasingly salient that publicly funded health care providers such as hospital are sensitive to incentives. There is increasing evidence that competition between health care providers produces efficiency and quality improvements (Gaynor and Propper, 2010), even when in some countries it has not produced the expected outcomes (Gobillon and Milcent, 2017). However, when health care providers compete […]

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    How disruptions to our morning routines harm daily productivity, and what we can do about it

How disruptions to our morning routines harm daily productivity, and what we can do about it

Since the onset of COVID-19, a common topic of conversation with family, friends, and colleagues has been the challenge of getting back to pre-pandemic levels of daily productivity. In this transition period between their old work lives and the new normal that has not yet arrived, many begin their mornings with the best of intentions, but by the evening, […]

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    Socially responsible practices are transmitted via international trade

Socially responsible practices are transmitted via international trade

Why firms engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) is widely debated, particularly in the context of the 2019 Business Roundtable statement by US chief executives, which redefined the purpose of a corporation as promoting an economy that serves not only shareholders but all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers and communities. Despite these debates, there is surprisingly little direct evidence […]

COVID: how corporations can improve their impact on society

As the COVID-19 crisis began to impact the work of changemakers around the world, I felt it was important to create a community where people responsible for social change could get ideas and inspiration in the face of an unprecedented level of uncertainty about the future. This became “Change for Good”. Over sixteen weeks, leaders from corporations, foundations and […]

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    Gender equality: focus less on ‘fixing the women’ and more on engaging men

Gender equality: focus less on ‘fixing the women’ and more on engaging men

Most forward-thinking companies accept that creating an equitable and inclusive workplace is a leadership challenge and one which needs to involve men as active stakeholders. While it is reassuring to see less focus on ‘fixing the women’ and more on engaging men, there is a lot of confusion about what this actually means and how to approach it, or […]

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    Violence against doctors is increasing worldwide. Will the pandemic revert the trend?

Violence against doctors is increasing worldwide. Will the pandemic revert the trend?

On Christmas Eve 2019, Dr. Yang Wen had two more hours on the night shift at a General Hospital in Beijing, and planned to spend the day with her college student son, who was back from Yale for the holidays. But an irate man, who had been complaining about his 95-year-old mother’s treatment, snapped. He suddenly started stabbing the […]

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    To create dream teams, allow ‘a thousand flowers to bloom’

To create dream teams, allow ‘a thousand flowers to bloom’

Teams are the fundamental building blocks of modern organisations, as team-based structures have grown from less than 20 per cent in 1980 to 50 per cent in 1990, to over 80 per cent in 2000, and by 2010 nearly all organisations had adopted formal team structures. Business success today depends not on how people work but how effectively people work […]

COVID-19 may exacerbate the digital divide among businesses

What is the essential task of management? To look after the short term in ways that not only protect, but even enhance medium and long-term prospects. For businesses, the COVID-19 crisis presents massive challenges to fulfilling this quest; it is difficult to pull off even in periods of growth. Previous downturns demonstrated how problematic it is to ride out, […]

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    Toxic organisations and the unenviable choices available to mid-level managers

Toxic organisations and the unenviable choices available to mid-level managers

Many people find themselves working in organisations characterised by dysfunction. These so-called “toxic workplaces” can involve intolerance, bullying, narcissism, and other forms of destructiveness that, over time, can demoralise people and undermine organisational purposes. Workers in these organisations have three primary courses of action when faced with toxic work conditions over which they have little control: they can leave; […]

Could teleworking benefit organisational neurodiversity?

The current pandemic has shed light on the inequalities encountered by women and racial minorities and raised serious questions about the impact of working from home on organisational diversity. However, not all may be negative. If teleworking is likely to become more widespread in the post-pandemic world, then a world where working from home is commonplace might, under certain […]

Are healthcare workers stressed by information technology?

Today’s healthcare workers are stressed. In addition to dealing with a myriad of difficult situations, such as developing effective treatment plans and overcoming the death of patients, many care providers currently find themselves on the frontlines battling a global pandemic. In the United States, for example, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 215 per cent, and the […]

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    COVID-19 has put trust front and centre in human resources management

COVID-19 has put trust front and centre in human resources management

If the world wanted to know what impact a global health threat would have on work and working practices, COVID-19 has provided some answers. The pandemic led to rapid and varied government responses requiring self-isolation and lock down across the globe. Employers have had to respond quickly to ensure business continuity and often, the only way to keep businesses […]

Character development and business ethics

A 2010 study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that participants were more likely to cheat on a self-graded anagram test, where each correct answer earned subjects a monetary reward, if the room where they took the exam was made slightly darker. Studies like this are part of a body of evidence that some have […]

August 13th, 2020|Ethics|0 Comments|

Can unions become social media opinion leaders?

Today’s political and social campaigns rely on social media. Grassroots organisations use social media to stimulate public debate, build coalitions, mobilise people, and provide practical guidance to social movement activists. Labour unions in the United States and many other countries are realising the need to revitalise the traditional workplace model of unionism. Consequently, they are moving away from simply […]